Tails along the shore
  |  First Published: September 2012

With spring starting to crack into gear, fly fishers are getting ready to stalk tailing trout on knees and tummies.

There is a lot to be happy about this spring, I suspect that anglers of all persuasions will be very happy with what lays before them.


This is my favourite early season destination – I have spend hundreds upon hundreds of days on Arthurs Lake when I was guiding full time and even though it hasn’t been its best in recent years, I am full of confidence for the coming season.

Trout love the shallow water in September, I have had some memorable tailing action in amongst the flooded scrub – last season it was awesome up around the top bays in the lake, such as Jones Bay and Tumbledown. Milder weather is always best for shallow water fishing on Arthurs – deep low pressure systems and wild winds see trout head for deeper water, where the deep trollers do very well, especially after the rough weather eases.

Shore based anglers should focus on areas adjacent to deeper areas – sometimes the Cowpaddock can be tough after a rough spell as many fish seem to ‘vanish’, only to re-emerge once settled weather comes through.

Lure casters always do well in September, and the shores from Tea Tree Bay around to the subsidiary dam on the eastern shore are excellent. Casting in amongst the trees is a great way to spend a day – you don’t really need chest waders apart for warmth.

A box of lures including some Tassie Devils (their new colours look awesome), some soft plastics with heavier jig heads and some good old Ashley spinners and you will have a great day.


The Pine is a September favourite for the tailing addicts, especially if it spills and we have flooded shore lines. Later in September the small stoneflies will hatch on milder days, which together with increasing numbers of midges will give the first dry fly fishing of the season.

Around the island is the best spot for the stone flies, as no matter what the wind direction you will always have some blowing out onto the water.

If you can’t get them to take a dry use a black nymph.


Now that we no longer have a full time Parks and Wildlife presence at Liawenee, the issue of the gate will be under the control of Parks staff from Mole Creek. I don’t imagine this will change anything in reality, and if you are keen you can always walk in.

The closer lagoons are always a good bet in September and if you are very keen, a stroll up the Pine River from Lake Kay could be very worthwhile.

Stalking the tussock bays and marshes is a awesome way to spend a day in September.

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